Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish
Tara Castleberry is an educator, entrepreneur, yoga teacher, lifelong learner, and advocate for social change. As a first-generation college graduate, Tara entered her career in education eager to support her 12th grade Reading and Language Arts students to achieve their post-secondary aspirations. She received her bachelor’s degree in English and Spanish from the University of Connecticut in 2005 and has spent the last 18 years developing her skills as a professional in the national non-profit sector, where she has worked at every level of the public school system to help partners achieve goals for K-12 students.
In 2014, Tara participated in a 3-month residency at the Mount Madonna Center in California, where she began her journey of healing and connecting more deeply with herself and others through the sacred yogic teachings that feed her spiritual growth, inspire, and inform her on the eightfold path. She completed her first yoga teacher training in Santa Cruz, CA in 2015 and is registered with the Yoga Alliance as a RYT-500 teacher.
Tara’s life experiences and career trajectory fostered the learning, growth and inspiration that led her to Maui, where she founded Healthy Buzz LLC. in service of introducing youth to self-care practices and tools she wished she’d learned earlier. The programming and workshops include activities such as journaling, breathwork, yoga, meditation and mindfulness to support teens to form lasting healthy habits in the coming-of-age years that sustain them into adulthood.
All Tara’s community offerings are built on the elements she has found to be transformative in her own life, as a person in long-term recovery from struggles with substance abuse, perfectionism, anxiety and overwhelm. Her firsthand experience of how our modernized world can lead us to live by comparison, rather than from awareness of our own unique gifts, potential and worth, fuels her enthusiasm for teaching tools and practices that support self-care. The intentional spaces she creates for students to connect more deeply with themselves and one another promote the balanced sense of well-being needed to walk confidently in today’s world.